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Anthony Gismondi on Wine

Week in Review

Tuesday, February 14 2017
02 · 14

39 And Counting

It’s wine festival week in Vancouver and some 175 wineries from around the world are in town to share the latest wines with you. The 39th Vancouver International Wine Festival opened on Saturday with the annual Bacchanalia Gala Auction + Dinner which raised $280,000 for the arts. Treve and I will be busy all week leading and attending seminars, tasting countless wines and interviewing many of the 181 principals in town for the longest running wine festival in North America. We will report back to you as soon as possible (keep an eye on our Instagram account for our picks live from the show). In the meantime, there are plenty of new reviews to check out, not to mention our latest Top Ten (the best booths at the festival) released as usual on Thursday. See you in the room.

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Treve Ring & Anthony Gismondi
by: Treve Ring & Anthony Gismondi
Top 10 : Booths to Visit at VIWF

Top 10 : Booths to Visit at VIWF

There are more than 180 wineries at this year’s Vancouver International Wine Festival. While theme region Canada is strong with 76 wineries representing, there are 15 other countries participating. With each producer pourig four wines for the public, and one extra for the trade, there are approximately 900 wines available on the tasting room floor. It’s not possible to taste them all (even for us!) so we’ve selected 10 booths, from 10 regions that you should be sure to visit, along with one of our favourite wines from the producer (*vintages may be different on the show floor)...
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Allison Spurrell
Cheese Pleaseby: Allison Spurrell
Lindsay Bandaged Goat Cheddar

Lindsay Bandaged Goat Cheddar

It’s always great to discover new Canadian cheeses. A few months ago I stumbled on a terrific cheese from Ontario that I hadn’t tried before. That’s not to say that it has only been available for a short time; it’s more a case of “new to me” rather than new to market. There’s so much going on in the Canadian cheese world that sometimes it’s hard to keep up! Lindsay Bandaged Goat Cheddar is a clothbound goat cheddar made by Mariposa Dairy on their 100-acre farm near Lindsay, Ontario. The cheese is wrapped in cloth by hand before being place on pine boards in aging rooms where it rests for at least one year...
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Treve Ring
From the TreveHouseby: Treve Ring
Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir Celebration

Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir Celebration

Few grapes incite as much emotion, or admiration, world wide as pinot noir. Last week a small group of Vancouver sommeliers to taste through a dozen Mornington Peninsula pinot noirs. The wines aren't available in the Canadian market (yet) but were selected for inclusion in the Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir Celebration 2017, happening right now in Australia. Dr. Jamie Goode is the keynote speaker, and has posted his opening talk on Pinot Noir: the alchemy of people, place and time here.  The Celebration has been held in Victoria's Mornington Peninsula since 2003 to promote Australian Pinot Noir on a national, state, regional - and thanks to the interwebs - global level to an audience of 200 attendees, and a virtual audience of pinotphiles everywhere...
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